Walla Walla High’s search for a new boys basketball head coach has come to end, as the Blue Devils tabbed Adam Berg to lead the program, in a homecoming of sorts.

“I am thrilled and honored to become the next head coach of the boys basketball program at Walla Walla High School,” Berg said in an email on Thursday. “I believe the high school, athletic program and basketball program are first class and have the ability to consistently be one of the best in the state. 

“My family and I are excited to be back in the wonderful Walla Walla community and build a program that we can all be proud of.”

Wa-Hi athletic director Dirk Hansen said the hiring came “following an extensive search from a field of qualified candidates and comprehensive hiring process, which included parents, alumni, students and staff.”

Berg, a Kennewick High grad, attended Columbia Basin College before earning his Bachelors in Special Education from Eastern Washington in 2007.

He received his Masters in Sports and Athletic Information from Gonzaga in 2011.

Berg spent three years assisting hoops programs at Kennewick and Ferris high schools before serving as an assistant at Walla Walla Community College from 2011-16.

He then took the head coaching position at Kiona-Benton for a year before taking over at Pasco for two seasons.

“I grew up watching and playing in the old Big Nine,” Berg said. “I remember the tradition of Walla Walla basketball and how hard it was playing against the Blue Devils. 

“I am excited to get going and meet all of our players and families. We will look to be a program that is exciting to watch, fun to play in and hard to beat!”

Bret Rankin graduated from Western Washington University, and after reporting and editing at several newspapers in western Washington, he joined the Union-Bulletin in 1999 as a sports reporter/copy editor. He has been sports editor since 2010.